Sagar Behere

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Sagar Behere - CV

  1. Summary
  2. Current Role
  3. Previous Projects
  4. Skills
  5. Patents
  6. Education
  7. Distinctions
  8. Teaching
  9. Supervision
  10. Invited talks
  11. Publications


Architect and systems integrator for complex, safety critical systems since 13 years. PhD in architectures for highly automated driving. Talks native language of domain experts in software & firmware development, control systems design, functional safety, cybersecurity, embedded hardware, computer networking, and systems engineering.

Current Role

I currently have two jobs.

  1. Researcher at KTH The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden
  2. Head of EE Integration at a stealth mode autonomous driving startup in California, USA

At KTH, I supervise a PhD candidate conducting research on architectures for autonomous driving.

At the stealth mode startup in California, USA

August 2016 - present: Head of EE Integration

  • Create and manage the "function book" for vehicle integration. This defines how various bits of functionality come together to provide relevant customer and vehicle features e.g. energy management, door management, occupant sensing and classification
  • Oversee drill down of E/E architecture and functional safety from previous role. Scope: all vehicle subsystems, emergency and safe stop strategies
  • Define and implement cybersecurity architecture. Scope includes partitioning, specifying requirements on firewalls, gateways, individual ECUs and network communication, as well as establishment of in-house public key infrastructure for operational and supply chain support
  • Establish systems engineering processes and tools for safety critical embedded systems. Scope includes practices for architecture representation, requirements management with traceability, selection and roll-out of an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool across the company, and systems to generate compliance, testing, and activity reports for accident investigation and regulatory committees
  • Define program management tasks, milestones and priorities for vehicle integration

October 2015 - August 2016: Head of System Architecture

  • Led design and development of the novel vehicle platform which helped the startup raise $250 million in seed A funding
  • Established baseline mechatronics (E/E) architecture for production intent autonomous vehicle. Scope included sensing/perception, compute, networking, cybersecurity, diagnostics, over-the-air updates, as well as distributed software architecture for vehicle dynamics control and communications middleware
  • Led preliminary functional safety assessment (and subsequent revisions) of the production intent architecture. Scope included ISO26262 relevant lifecycle activities for analysis of hazards and risks, establishment of safety goals, functional and technical safety concepts, redundancy management, selection of safety relevant implementation technologies and software/programming tools
  • Established baseline electrical, control, and software architecture for the more "traditional" automotive areas: braking, steering, propulsion, body controls, HMI, and high availability low voltage power supply

Previous Projects

With KTH, Sweden

Developed an upgraded version of the KTH Research Concept Vehicle (RCV-2.0) to be used as the basis for a completely autonomous vehicle. Technology licensed to a private company.
Developed Electrical/Electronic (E/E) system architecture for the KTH Research Concept Vehicle (RCV). The RCV platform is the basis for significant research at KTH and a number of its variants are commissioned by field-leading private companies in Sweden, Europe, and USA
Lead architect and developer of a partially autonomous driving system for a commercial truck. System demonstrated at the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge, the Netherlands, 2011 and CoAct 2012 Driving demonstration, Sweden 2012.
Developed a generalized Motion Planning and Control system for robot manipulators moving in the presence of obstacles. Demonstrated on 3 different robot platforms.
Designed a mobile robotics platform with vision, manipulation and computation capabilities for EU FP7 cognitive robotics project CogX. Platform in use at 6 partner universities.
Integration engineer for EU FP6 cognitive robotics project CoSy. Assignment involved integrating research output from all project partners into the robotics platform.

With Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., India (M&M is one of India’s largest automobile companies)

Developed a Common Rail Diesel Engine for a commercial Sports Utility Vehicle, with vehicle integration and emissions engineering to meet Euro IV emission norms. Vehicle was launched in many countries in Europe, Africa, the Americas, Australia and India.
Developed a highly fault tolerant system to program in-vehicle ECUs at vehicle assembly line. System was used for several years at manufacturing plant during daily vehicle production.
Developed a hand-held, computer based diagnostic tool to read and resolve faults in vehicle ECUs. Tool was deployed to workshops and service centers across India.


Electric powertrain, chassis control, energy management, HVAC, Body controls, infotainment, telematics
System Engineering
Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), SysML, UML, AADL, EAST-ADL, Requirements management, traceability, Polarion, architecture representation
Embedded hardware
Microcontrollers, board bringup, device drivers, clock synchronization, analog and digital i/o, dSpace autobox tools
C/C++, Matlab/Simulink, Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS), Linux, Boost. Some familiarity with Ada2012, Scala, Python, Java, Javascript, HTML, CSS, AngularJS
CAN, Ethernet, TCP/UDP IP, Data Distribution Service (DDS), ZeroMQ, various UNIX Inter-Process Communication (IPC), Universal Diagnostic Services (UDS)
Functional safety
HARA, FMEDA, Functional safety concept (FSC), Technical safety concept(TSC), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), ISO26262 lifecycle
Asymmetric and symmetric encryption, hash digests, hardware security modules, public key infrastructure, certificate authorities, seed-key protocols
Fluent in English, Marathi, and Hindi. Working knowledge of Swedish. Basic knowledge of German, French, and Italian


  • Internal Safety Systems for Robotic Vehicles
    Publication number US9517767 B1
    Publication date Dec. 13, 2016
  • (Pending) Resilient Safety System for a Robotic Vehicle
    Application number 14/932,952
    Filed date Nov. 4, 2015



  • Invited expert/speaker/chair at industrial conferences and educational courses in Europe and USA. See Invited talks
  • Represented Sweden in the area of autonomous systems, as part of a Swedish government+industry+academia delegation to explore cooperation with counterparts in Brazil, Nov. 2014, São Paulo
  • M&M Product Innovation Award for best business driven product innovation in 2004-2005
  • M&M Process Innovation Award for best business driven process innovation in 2005-2006
  • M&M Outstanding Job Achievement Award for work on an electric hybrid vehicle displayed at the 8th Auto Expo in New Delhi in 2006
  • Best Outgoing Student Award during final year of graduate studies
  • Member of Mensa, Sweden


  • MF2044 Embedded Systems for Mechatronics, II (Spring 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • MF2058 Mechatronics, Advanced Course (2013, 2014)
  • MF2063 Embedded Systems Design Project (Autumn 2012)
  • MF2042 Embedded Systems for Mechatronics, I (Autumn 2011)


At KTH, Sweden

  • Naveen Mohan (PhD. ongoing) Co-supervision of PhD research on architecture and methods for autonomous driving
  • Adam Lundström (MSc. 2016) Co-supervision "Finding strategies for running Ada code in real-time on a Linux-based single board computer platform"
  • Stefanos Kokogias (MSc. 2015) "Design and implementation of a fault tolerant controller on a prototype vehicle, using an active steering approach"
  • Karin Fåhraeus (MSc. 2015) "Enhancement of the development process with software in the loop simulations, An embedded control case study"
  • Jonathan Holmström (MSc.2015) "Lane keeping assistance using low-cost satellite aided positioning technology in modern highway navigation"
  • Ioannis Tzioumakas (MSc. 2015) "Centralized environment database for vehicles"
  • Daniel Eriksson and John-Eric Ericsson (MSc. 2014) "Indoor positioning and localization system with sensor fusion"
  • Johan Schagerström (MSc. 2014) "Cow behavior monitoring with motion sensor"
  • Johanna Simonsson and Kim Öberg (MSc. 2014) "Power consumption and optimization of an irrigation network"
  • Daniel Lind, (MSc. 2014) "Performance evaluation of HTTP servers in embedded systems"
  • Emelie Brus, (MSc. ongoing) "Controlling Wifi components from a web interface"
  • Gustav Karlsson and Magnus Dormvik (MSc. 2011) "Construction of generic test environment for embedded systems"

Invited talks


See Publications.